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Levon  Keith  Scott
     Levon Keith “Scotty” Scott, 72, of Sutherland, passed away Dec. 9, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. Scotty was born Aug. 13, 1940 in Almena, Kans. to Elmer and Hattie Hayes Scott.
     He graduated from Densmore High School in 1958.
     On Nov. 7, 1959, he married Katheryn M. Bittel in Norton, Kans. The couple lived in Norton and Scotty worked construction and welding. He worked for Van-Pak Inc. in road construction primarily as site superintendent.
     Throughout his career the family moved several times, living in Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.
     In 1975 they moved to Sutherland to help construct the railroad spur for the Gerald Gentleman Power Plant. By the time that job was finished, the family had fallen in love with the community and did not want to leave. He then accepted a job as a welder/supervisor helping to construct the power plants.
     In 1982, he opened Scotty''s Welding. He soon became well know around town as the man that could fix anything. After the shop was well established he began pursuing other interests such as farming, snow removal, dirt work, breeding chocolate labs, hunting geese at the Lucky 13, trap shooting, coffee club and gardening on a large scale, supplying sweet corn to the Sutherland community for many years.
     Scotty was man of few words, but when he talked, people listened. He was known for his blunt statements and his big heart.
     He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Past Village Board Member, Sutherland Chamber of Commerce, the Sutherland Rodeo Committee and the Cow Pasture Gun Club.
     In 1993, he built his first cooker for his daughter''s wedding. Cooking quickly became his passion. Over the years he kept improving his design and ended up building five additional cookers.
     His cooking operation became widely known around the state and he cooked at such places at Husker Harvest Days, Nebraska State Fair, Nebraskaland Days, Sutherland Parade and Rodeo and countless weddings and events. He served VIPs such as Tom Osborne and multiple Nebraska Congressmen and Governors.
     In 2002, Scotty retired from the shop but those who knew him knew that he never really retired. He could be found tinkering with various projects to the very end.
     Survivors include his wife, Kathryn of Sutherland; 7 children, Lori (Tracy) Barrett, Vicki (Steve) Osborn all of Sutherland, Theresa (Jerry) Shada of Lincoln, Duane (Marilyn) Scott of Conway, Ark., Julie (Chuck) Denton of Peoria, Ariz, Andrew (Candace) Scott of Sutherland, and Joel (Christy) Scott of Waverly; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Nadene Snyder of Mesa, Ariz. and Helen Craig of Tonganoxie, Kans.; a brother, Elmond (Anita) Scott of Hill City, Kans.; numerous other family members and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother Jackie.
     Christian Wake Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland with the Rev. James Novakowski as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Sutherland.
     Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 12/12/2012
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